Keeping resolutions

New Year's resolutions

It’s the beginning of January again and you know what that means: Resolutions.
Should old acquaintance be forgot? No, but some of your bad habits certainly should become distant memories. There are lots of programs on campus to help you live up to your New Year's promises and make this year better than the last.

QUIT SMOKING: Cigarettes account for 87 percent of all U.S. lung cancer deaths, and kill more Americans each year than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined.
The School of Medicine’s Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center offers a variety of quit-smoking programs. For more information, call 1-877-513-QUIT or visit
The Penn Lung Center’s Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program provides individualized treatment to help smokers quit. For more information, call 800-789-PENN or visit

GET IN SHAPE: The GlobalFit Corporate Fitness Program offers benefits-eligible Penn employees and their family members discounts at many area health clubs. For more information, call 800-294-1500 or visit
You can also join the Pottruck Center. Visit or email for more information.
New to physical fitness? Start with baby steps through the Penn Walking Program, a flexible, motivational health and wellness resource. The program is structured in 12-week sessions with specific milestones, and you can start at any time. For more information, contact Human Resources at 215-898-5116 or email

EAT HEALTHIER: Need to put down the salt and pick up the celery? Try PennFit, a free education, motivation and reward program for individuals working towards improved health. PennFit RESULTS offers monthly educational courses, lectures, workshops and activities focused on wellness, such as healthy eating and stress management. For more information, email Chris Bosch at

READ MORE: Looking to feed your mind instead of your tummy? Penn Press has lots of great titles to choose from. Pick up “Electing the President, 2008: The Insiders’ View” by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and’s Brooks Jackson. Together the authors assembled top campaign staffers from the 2008 presidential election for postelection analysis.
Read about black conservatives who proudly support the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. In his book, “Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America,” Michael L. Ondaatje chronicles black conservatism in America from the early 1980s to today, featuring influential black conservatives such as Clarence Thomas and Shelby Steele. For more information about Penn Press books, visit

Originally published on January 7, 2010